Plenty will tell you the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story, here at TheChelseaBlog, what I’ll say is 3-0 didn’t exactly flatter us either.
Chelsea ended the game with 3 goals away from home and a clean sheet, so a pretty good start to welcome Maurizio Sarri to life in the Premier League (or maybe a season or two given the club’s track record). Not that it was always looking as if 3 points were nailed on for us though, we looked a bit iffy at times first half, no doubt still adjusting to the new set up and Huddersfield had a couple of efforts. Kepa wasn’t about to let that £71 be spent completely in vain though and stood his ground, then some great work from Willian set Kante up to hit home the opener on 34 minutes. Our second came just on half time when Alonso was brought down by Schindler and newcomer Jorginho scored the coolest of penalties, almost nonchalantly putting it past the keeper without needing to pay too much attention to where the ball would end up.
Second half saw a much better performance from us and with 15 minutes to go, at 2-0 up, we had the luxury of a little Eden Hazard cameo. Hazard’s impact was immediate and Pedro, who’d had a good game up til then anyway, rounded off the final moments of his game with a chip over the Huddersfield keeper after some beautiful but unselfish play from his team-mate. Pedro was almost instantly given a seat by his manager but the job was done and Huddersfield had nothing left in their tank to change the end result.
After our underwhelming pre-season and a worryingly ambivalent outing in the Community Shield, it was good to see us settle into this one, certainly second half anyway. Jorginho impressed – and not just with that penalty – his pairing with Kante could be very fruitful and the leadership qualities he showed from midfield, could be the key to unlocking a proper ‘team’ again at Chelsea. Sarri’s Chelsea is evidently a work in progress though and getting to where he wants us to be will of course take time – and there’ll be much tougher tests than Huddersfield for sure but it was a decent enough start on that journey.
There was no madness on the touchline, unless you count the fag-butt chewing, but there wasn’t much drama in the game to examine Sarri’s reaction. The new Chelsea boss clearly thought we kicked off at 4 here though because he hadn’t left himself enough time to get changed out of his joggers but no doubt the suit will be pristine next weekend. So if someone could just remember to get the poor man some nicotine patches he should be all set for Arsenal’s visit.